State of Affairs


In about a month’s time, we’ll be seeing Mr Barack Obama being inaugurated as the 44th President of the USA, and Azzura will be 2 months old. You may starting scratching your head now, thinking what’s the significance. There isn’t, in the normal course of life, but bear with me.

A friend wrote, “The butterfly flutters its wings and causes a hurricane on the other side of the world. I do believe in the repercussive nature of things. How seemingly an innocuous action may trigger off a chain of other effects and the resulting outcome being far more significant than the initial deed.

This also reminds me of the “Paying forward” movement. so now back to the inauguration. There’ll be an estimated crowd of 4 million people descending to DC to watch Obama getting sworn in. One way of paying forward would be for the 4 million people to spend just an extra $1, thereby generating an additinal $4 million to the economy.

This amount in turn, will benefit some people, be it the ice cream seller, or the newspaper man, and these people find themselves financially enriched, hence may decide to buy something else for their kids or friends. Before you know it, retail sales spikes, people’s confidence are back, and the wheel to economic recovery turns positive.

This is simplistic at its best and I’m a simple person. But if we adopt the simple ways, I suppose we’ll be less in trouble than now? Debatable but let’s leave to another time.

So the flutterings will start in DC, and the energy carries on, infecting all.

In essence, perhaps I’m simply voicing my thought and concern for the economy, and wish it to turn for the better, and that in years to come, this world will indeed be a better place for Azzura’s generation and beyond. This is said with renewed hope that Obama will be the one to make things better.

While the motion is set, assuming we’re heading in the right direction, it is everybody’s responsibilities to see that it continues on with the momentum, and to do that, sometimes will be at the expense of personal gain.

I can’t see myself teaching Azzura to think just for herself only but as a responsible citizen of the world. A broader mindset never hurts anyone and in that spirit, we are indeed paying forward.

How will the flutterings now affect the winds of change in 20 or 30 years’ time, no one can tell but with some thoughtto your neighbor, I’m positively hopeful that it will indeed be a better place than now.

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Peace Out
T.Y. Liu

Growing Joys

Truth be told, I could never ever have imagined myself being a father, and how a fragile little thing can reduce me to a pulp. Well, I am now a father, living it up, and admittedly, already being twirled around her littlest pinky.

Work had taken me away from her for about 4 days during her first week back home. Upon my return, I could see the marked changes and all the little wonderful things that she started doing while I was away.

These are the things I’ve resolved not to miss, and be there for as much as I possibly can. Looking at the picture, I did miss the smile but credit to Thuy, she took a picture of her smiling, while still very much asleep.

This morning, she flashed a laugh at one of my usual silly antics, and that is priceless. This was her first laugh in response of my effort. Thuy has heard her laugh out loud but i have not. Can’t imagine what my reaction would be when I do hear it.

Regardless, while I know it’s never a bed of roses all the time, I’ll certainly enjoy every new thing that she’s got showing to me and the I’ll have immense joy watching her grow.

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Peace Out T.Y. Liu

Time trickles at Warped Speed


Read a Facebook status post by a friend, “Yesterday is long gone……”, well, you know how it goes, made me think of our existence on this earth. Yes, I’m in my pondering mode right now.

Looking at my little Azzura, this tiny little 3 weeks’ old, and in a blink, she’s 18. I won’t go into hair splitting calculation of how many seconds and minutes 18 years are, but suffice to say, a big part of that will be gone right before you.

Of course, convention belief says that 1/3 will be gone to sleeping time, and another 1/3 will be used for work (assuming we’re clocking in and out at exactly 8 hours) and what’s left is another 1/3 for everything else that happens around us.

Before you roll your eyes and go, “Oh, shit no, there he goes again”, this is not about time management. God knows I’m bad at it.

There isn’t any getting around not sleeping or sleeping less and that we mere mortals need to work so really, the remaining 1/3 time we have, don’t you think we should try and maximize it in a more fulfilling way?

I’m not going to preach on what fulfilling means to you, hey, you can smoke pot if that’s your fancy, but for me, I’d like to know that, whatever I do and however way I spend that time, I’ll know that when Azzura turns 18, I’m not going to look back and go, “where did the years go to?”. To me, this is a very good starting point.

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Peace Out
T.Y. Liu

Looking at my little Azzura, this tiny little 3 weeks’ old, and in a blink, she’s 18. I won’t go into hair splitting calculation of how many seconds and minutes 18 years are, but suffice to say, a big part of that will be gone right before you.

Of course, convention belief says that 1/3 will be gone to sleeping time, and another 1/3 will be used for work (assuming we’re clocking in and out at exactly 8 hours) and what’s left is another 1/3 for everything else that happens around us.

Before you roll your eyes and go, “Oh, shit no, there he goes again”, this is not about time management. God knows I’m bad at it.

There isn’t any getting around not sleeping or sleeping less and that we mere mortals need to work so really, the remaining 1/3 time we have, don’t you think we should try and maximize it in a more fulfilling way?

I’m not going to preach on what fulfilling means to you, hey, you can smoke pot if that’s your fancy, but for me, I’d like to know that, whatever I do and however way I spend that time, I’ll know that when Azzura turns 18, I’m not going to look back and go, “where did the years go to?”. To me, this is a very good starting point.

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Peace Out
T.Y. Liu